Introduction: How to Make an Instructable Using the New Editor

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As you may have noticed, there's a new Instructables editor around here! Even though change is good, change can also be hard, so I made this handy dandy guide to help you get the hang of the new editor and take your Instructables to the next level! Let's get started!

Step 1: Where Is It?

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To use the new editor, click on the "Create" tab at the top of the page. From there, a drop down menu will appear with the options of "Create Instructable" or "Create Collection." Whether you want to create a step-by-step, photo instructable, or video instructable, click "Create."

You will be brought to the new editor and a window will pop up where you can enter the title of your Instructable and the category it belongs in. Once you have entered this information, you can click "Begin" and you will be taken to the next page.

You can always change your title and category later!

Step 2: Adding and Removing Images

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After you have entered a title for your Instructable and selected a category, a window will pop up for uploading images. You can drag and drop your files into the window or click browse to find them on your computer. Once you have the images that you want to add to the Instructable, you can click "Upload." There will be a green progress bar showing the status of your uploading images. Once your images are uploaded, they will be in the bar at the top of the page. From there, they can be dragged and dropped into any step in your Instructable.

If you want to use images from your image library, simply click on "Image Library" to access them.

To remove an image from a step, click on the image you want to remove. There are three buttons underneath the image. Click on "Remove Image from Step." This will return the image to the top bar, it will still be in your image library and you will be able to add it to a different step if you want.

To upload an image directly to a step, click on the little camera icon at the top of the page.

When you have clicked on an image, you can also add notes to it to draw attention to important aspects of the image, or clarify instructions. You can also use Pixlr to edit images within the editor by clicking "Edit in Pixlr." From there, you can rotate, crop and adjust pictures, all without having to leave the new editor! For a more in-depth guide on using Pixlr, check out this instructable.

To add images from your image library, click on "Image Library" and you will be able to see all the images you have uploaded before. You can sort them in different ways, including by tag, so it can be helpful to label your pictures by project so you can find them more easily. Select the images you want to add to the step and click "Done."

Step 3: Adding, Deleting and Reordering Steps

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If you want to create a step-by-step instructable, you will need to add steps. To add a step, you can click on "Add Step" from either the main page where you can view all the steps together, or from the previous step. When adding a step from the page where you can see all the steps, the added step will be added at the end of the instructable. When adding from an individual step, the new step will be added directly after the step it was added from.

To delete a step, you can view all steps and hover your curser over the lower right hand corner of the step you wish to delete. A red "X" will appear. Click on the "X" and a dialog box will pop up confirming that you want to delete the step. If you do, click "delete," if you don't want to delete the step, click "cancel."

To reorganize steps, view all the steps together and hover your curser over the step you want to move. An icon that looks like three lines will appear in the upper right hand corner of the step. You can then click on this and drag and drop to change the order of your steps.

Step 4: Creating Links

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It can be extremely useful to include links in your instructables, whether you are linking to other instructables or places to get materials, including links is a great way to make your instructables more readable and polished looking.

To include a link, simply highlight the word or phrase that you want to make into a link and click on the icon that looks like a chain (because a chain has links! Get it?! Hey, I didn't invent the icons of the internet.) When you click on that icon, a drop down menu will appear with two options, "Insert link" and "unlink." To create a link, click on insert link and copy and paste the URL you wish to link to into the line that says "URL." Then click "Insert link" and your link will be inserted.

To delete a link, simply click "Unlink" in the drop down menu, or just delete it with your backspace key.

Step 5: Embed a Video

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Videos can be super useful to include in your instructables whether you want to include a video of how you made your project, or a video of your finished project in action. You could link to a video, but it's really easy to embed a video and makes your instructable much more readable.

To embed a video, click on the icon in the top bar that looks like a "play" icon (see picture notes) and a drop down menu will appear. One option will say "Upload Video (coming soon!)" which you don't have to worry about, you want to click on the other option, "Embed Video." Copy and paste the URL of the video you want to embed into the text field and click "preview." A preview of your video should show up. If it's correct, you can then click "Done" and your video will be embedded in your instructable.

If you want your video to be included in the body of your instructable instead of at the top of the step, you can simply copy and paste the URL of the video into the body of your instructable then hit the "enter" key on your keyboard. It should automatically embed a video into the body of your instructable.

I have included videos of my friends singing as an example since these are the only videos I have on my youtube account. As you can see, there is one at the beginning of this step and one at the end. The one at the beginning was embedded using the video embedding button and the one at the end was added by copying and pasting the URL directly into the instructable.

Step 6: Uploading Other Types of Files

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You can add files to your instructable to include additional information that can be downloaded for users. A lot of users will include cutting or printing files for laser cut and 3D printed projects. Even projects like sewing and paper craft can benefit from printable pattern files. To upload files, click on the paper clip icon at the top next to the icon for embedding video. A drop down menu will appear with two options, "Upload File" and "Embed File." Click on upload file and you will be brought to the usual uploader which you can drag and drop files into or browse files on your computer and upload them. They will be added directly to the step that you are on.

If you click on "Embed file" you will be able to copy and paste the URL of the file you want to embed and it will be included in your instructable.

Step 7: Other Resources

Photos are one of the most important aspects of your instructable. This collection has tons of helpful tips and techniques for practically any type of photography you can imagine!

A guide for creating an all-around great instructable can be found here. This instructable was written by the founder and CEO of this site, so this is straight from the horse's mouth!

If you are going to put all this effort in to writing up your projects, you probably want people to see your instructable! A great way to get more views on your instructables is to give it a good title and key words that will draw more internet traffic to your projects. You can find more information on key words and titles here.

Want to get your instructable featured? We have some things we look for when deciding what to feature, and you can see that here for things to keep in mind while you're documenting your instructable!


SteveMann (author)2016-02-18

Thank you so much for writing this!

Very useful and really explains it well.

Especially useful is the section on re-ordering and deleting steps.

Please keep up the great work.

Dr_K (author)2016-01-24

I am having an issue with the new editor. When I click create, a box comes up that says "please enter a title". But the box is not active, and I cannot seem to get around it. I'm using Firefox and Windows 10. I'm not sure what the issue is--do you have any ideas?

Dannymic (author)2015-11-20

Cool thanks i foundnew editor in laptop but you cant add links and video using iphone device thanks for your instructable

FracisG (author)2015-11-20

Technology is changing lives

MauiJerry (author)2015-11-09

is there a way to SPLIT a step?

Once you have started writing, steps may get larger than expected. These should be broken down to substeps. There does not seem to be an easy way to split existing text.

So far the work around I have found is to

* add a step

* switch to html mode on the old step: </> icon

* find and cut the html code for the part you want to move

* switch to new step, and into html mode

* paste code from original step

BlueDragon92 (author)2014-09-30

That really helps, Thanks

Happy to help, can't wait to see what you make!

when I type the title things and enter, it asks to verify my email. I always do it but it never goes to the next thing!

thampiverghese (author)2015-04-28

when I go to step5 I don't get the screen shown above. Am I doing it wrong?

AnkitaR1 (author)2015-01-23

dis is ausum.....

ssmith155 (author)2014-12-16

how do you make a sub step?

joeismydad (author)2014-12-12

How do you save notes onto the images? Also, how do you resize the note box thing? I can add the notes and delete them, but I can't save them (save button won't work). The box with the white outline that pops up when you click "add note" also shrinks when you try to expand it by dragging...

chienline (author)2014-11-01

How to write codes? Anyone? I mean like Preformatted Text in html or the code tag, so that we can show good indentation on our codes. Thanks in advance.

You should post this as it's own instructable!

This is really cool! You should make an Instructable of your own about it!

shahraj7 (author)2014-10-08

Super space ninja (author)2014-08-01

thank you so much for this instructables! I have problem uploading files earlier

lime3D (author)2014-07-10

Go back to the old editor. It was easier to use.

gtoal (author)2014-06-16

How do you place an image somewhere within a step rather than at the start of a step?

thanks - Graham

Tater Zoid (author)gtoal2014-06-17

I have the same question as Graham. I liked how the photos were used in the steps before the new editor.

Lorddrake (author)2014-06-10

another fine Ible. Keep up the good work.

shazni (author)2014-05-14

Thanks for posting this. I shall send this link to my aunt who has been having trouble understanding the New Editor

I hope this helps her! I wrote it with my dad in mind who always has trouble and gets overwhelmed with new technology and things, so I tried to really explain it from the ground up!

lonesoulsurfer (author)2014-05-07

I'm having issues with the cover image. I have a draft and I accidentally added the wrong image to the intro. I deleted it but it is still coming up with the wrong image. Is there a way to decide what cover image you want to use? I even deleted the intro step and did it again but the initial image I loaded is still there!

I recently published an ible' and the cover image is not even in the ible' at all! I deleted it but its still there.

shazni (author)lonesoulsurfer2014-05-14

Ah..I had the same issue. It's frustrating isn't it?

What you have to do is when you publish you would come to page where the main image is there. On the right there is a drop down arrow where your image name is. Click that and choose the image you want. Penolopy helped me figure that out!

akshat21045 (author)2014-05-06

Haha, I'ble-ception :P. Nice i'ble, it will help a lot!

I hope it helps! I know it's hard when things change so drastically!

nerfrocketeer (author)2014-05-03

Haha you made two ibles at once here didn't you? ;)

As I made this Instructable, I took screen shots to make the instructable! Definitely the most meta instructable I've ever made!

Wow, my mind=blown. No really that sounds confusing... Haha.

Yeah, it was a bit mind-bend-y haha

ASCAS (author)2014-05-05

Awesome guide! It's my first time to use the new editor, LOL. I will surely miss the old one. Both new and old had pros and cons. I hope there's an update that would restore the old editor's photo-tiles. I find those tiles very useful for navigating over the steps. It has been replaced with a new drop down menu which causes a little confusion and delay.

Sadi789 (author)2014-05-04

Does anybody know what happened to image-only (stepless) Instructables? There's no option to create one anymore, and the ones I've made in the past just open in the old editor.

To make an image-only one, just upload images and don't add more steps :)

fozzy13 (author)2014-05-03

I love the new editor! It works much better than the old, even though I was skeptical when I first heard they'd be changing it while I was at the Pier. I'm happy with the new. Thanks for all the tips!

ThisIsSteve (author)2014-05-03

Cool work. Now that the old editor is officially gone of the site.

russ_hensel (author)2014-05-03

Longstanding problem is how to insert code, it is very important that the indentation not be messed around with by the editor. Also nice to have a mono space font. If you look at the computer and microcontroller instructables of the past you can see how poorly presented most code it. Will this editor ( finally ) fix this??

gravityisweak (author)2014-05-03

Hmm does the new editor address the issue of having a huge mass of pictures together, followed by all the text. Instead of an image, text, image, text, etc.

Pure Carbon (author)2014-05-02

Thank God, finally someone explains how to use this thing. It's very confusing.

pseaton (author)Pure Carbon2014-05-02

Couldn't have put it better myself!

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